April 19, 2010

An immigrant finds a blessedlife in Godzone (New Zealand), & wants it for others

Erin steps on the Soap Box and describes the beautiful, ugly and the sublime of her experience in New Zealand.
March 19, 2010

From recession to same old – opportunity lost

Now that it seems there are no major problems after all, so there is no need to change and there is no need for new ideas. Does anyone else agree it’s a pity that many seem to have flicked back to the same ways of thinking and acting which got us into a mess?
February 7, 2010

Turning Peace-movements into War Movements? – A Caution

Peace movement groups often take up one side of a conflict against another. Lately, in New Zealand at least, there has been much strong peace-movement feeling against Israeli actions and policies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
January 21, 2010

Feel free – to be trivial and timid

It doesn’t seem right to me to live in a world where it is said that there is ‘free speech’ but we can only feel really free to talk about safe things, like feeling and expressing gratitude and positive thoughts, and whether and how to part our hair or cover bald spots.
January 20, 2010

Giving Birth to a New Economy by a Managed Contraction

Deirdre Kent, Laurence Boomert and Helen Dew write: "The twin debts of a flawed money system combined with our binge on fossil fuels are both coming due at the same time The party is over."
January 7, 2010

It’s not just the economy stupid … Life after Copenhagen

In 1992 Bill Clinton famously said "it’s the economy stupid." With the Copenhagen climate change conference, it might be asked if this has been replaced with “no, it’s the environment stupid.” I think the focus has to shift beyond either, or even both. I would like to propose as the most useful framing: “it’s the implementation stupid”.
December 22, 2009

Seasons Greetings – My Last Blog for 2009, Looking to 2010

Many in this part of the world are preparing for Christmas celebrations and summer holidays and 2010... I’ve been challenged to come up with more practical ‘how tos’ and make it easier for you - as the real knowledge actors - to engage in explorations...
December 22, 2009

Village Connections for Sustainable Local – and Global – Solutions

2009 has been a year in which big leaders have had a lot to say about vision, aspirations and hope, while saying very little about the practical steps needed to translate these into reality.
December 10, 2009

John Key, Barack Obama, Afghanistan & the Pacific Way

I thought that maybe New Zealand Prime Minster John Key might try and connect with United States President Barak Obama through their common links to the Polynesian world.
November 15, 2009

Waiting for a Leader

In my work (academic and community) I’ve felt increasing disquiet about the frequency of calls for a leader – someone who can take charge, someone who “we” can follow, someone will lead us from the wilderness, from the uncertainty, someone who will know what to do, and someone we can rely on to look after our interests...
November 6, 2009

Child care policy – what form of care?

Babies need to have familiar, trusted people they can relate to. However, high staff turnover in most child care facilities makes it difficult to meet the need babies have for stable attachments - a familiar person who shows interest in them beyond feeding and changing nappies.
October 14, 2009

Our machines are disturbingly lively & we ourselves frighteningly inert (Donna Haraway)

I realised after I responded in a personal way, that the invitation I had received was just one of many sent by a machine. This machine didn’t know me, apart from as a series of 0s and 1s, wouldn’t understand what I was saying, wouldn’t care whether I was in good health or not, and whether I attended or not.